A Walk in the Park: Zoonotic Risks Associated with Dogs that Frequent Dog Parks in Southern Ontario

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A Walk in the Park: Zoonotic Risks Associated with Dogs that Frequent Dog Parks in Southern Ontario

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dc.contributor.advisor Pearl, David L.
dc.contributor.advisor Sargeant, Jan M.
dc.contributor.author Procter, Theresa D.
dc.date 2012-08-29
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-06T18:56:48Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-06T18:56:48Z
dc.date.issued 2012-09-06
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/3934
dc.description.abstract A cross-sectional study investigated the shedding of zoonotic organisms (Campylobacter, Giardia, and Salmonella) and antimicrobial resistant generic E. coli in dogs that visited dog parks in southern Ontario. Logistic regression models were constructed to identify risk factors. Factors for the shedding of Campylobacter spp. included consumption of a commercial dry diet, exposure to compost, and age. Factors for the shedding of C. upsaliensis included outdoor water access and age. A risk factor for ampicillin resistance was attending a dog day care. For resistance to at least one antimicrobial, factors included attending a dog day care, breed size, consumption of a commercial dry diet and consumption of a homemade cooked diet. For multiclass resistance, exposure to compost, breed size, and consumption of a commercial dry diet were identified. Park was not significant in any model. Dogs that visit dog parks shed organisms that may pose a human health risk. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Population and Public Health/ Public Health Agency of Canada Applied Public Health Research Chair awarded to J. M. Sargeant; Public Health Agency of Canada; Ontario Veterinary College Pet Trust Fund; and a grant to D. L. Pearl from the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Ontario Research Fund. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject zoonoses en_US
dc.subject enteric pathogens en_US
dc.subject antimicrobial resistance en_US
dc.subject public health en_US
dc.subject companion animals en_US
dc.subject epidemiology en_US
dc.subject dog parks en_US
dc.subject Campylobater en_US
dc.title A Walk in the Park: Zoonotic Risks Associated with Dogs that Frequent Dog Parks in Southern Ontario en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Population Medicine en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Science en_US
dc.degree.department Population Medicine en_US


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